Category: Lifestyle

French fancies: Vilebrequin

My beloved husband loves this brand of French swimwear, it’s his go to for swim shorts and has been buying them since the late 90s. I have lost count of how many pairs he possesses but he’ll typically buy at least one new pair… Continue Reading “French fancies: Vilebrequin”

Latest from Semi-Lockdown in France

Last week France’s health minister warned that new measures might be needed to deal with the new, more infectious, variants of the Covid-19 virus to avoid ‘an epidemic within an epidemic’. The major worry was around the new, more contagious variants of the virus… Continue Reading “Latest from Semi-Lockdown in France”

French Fancies: Laboratoires Pierre Fabre

You may not have heard of Pierre Fabre unless you’re a rugby fan – the company sponsors its local rugby team in Castres where its story begins. Even so, you may not know what the company does, aside from making some of my favourite… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Laboratoires Pierre Fabre”

The House where Karl lived

It’s only when you start looking into some of the area’s spectacular property-porn that you discover how many interesting people have spent time here. The villa La Vigie is one of those glorious, neoclassical wedding-cake style properties built aside the Mediterranean Sea in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin… Continue Reading “The House where Karl lived”

French Fancies: Diptyque

I adore all this company’s products, particularly its candles. This year Diptyque is celebrating its 60th anniversary, providing me with an opportunity to immerse myself in everything that has inspired the House since its creation. Introduction Diptyque’s roots are in a rebellious 1960s Paris… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Diptyque”

French Fancies: Maille

Although this series is intended to celebrate long-established largely family-run firms, it’s almost inevitable that some will end up in the hands of multi-nationals. Such is the case with the manufacturer of my favourite mustard, mayonnaise, vinegar and gherkins, Maille, which was acquired in… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Maille”

Latest on Covid from France

Christmas data, the ‘English variant’ of Covid-19 and the vaccination latest – health experts say that this week is key in determining whether France will need to enact stricter health measures. Since lockdown in France was lifted on 15 December, health restrictions here in… Continue Reading “Latest on Covid from France”

French Fancies: Fragonard

If you thought this series of posts would be about delicious French delicacies then you’ll initially be somewhat disappointed because I’m starting with some of my favourite French companies. We’re not talking behemoths such as l’Oreal or Danone, but family owned and run enterprises,… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Fragonard”

French Fancies: Mariage Frères

If you thought this series of posts would be about delicious French delicacies then you’ll initially be somewhat disappointed because I’m starting with some of my favourite French companies. We’re not talking behemoths such as l’Oréal or Danone, but family owned and run enterprises,… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Mariage Frères”